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Arsenal promise Josh Kroenke made amid new European Super League proposals

The European Court of Justice has ruled that both UEFA and FIFA’s attempts to stop the formation of a European Super League were ‘contrary to EU law’ which has reopened the potential for such a competition to exist. Arsenal were one of the 12 clubs which originally faced the threat of sanctions from the governing bodies.

The Gunners pulled out of the proposals and apologised publicly to supporters after significant protests outside the Emirates Stadium. These included swathes of banners and chanting against the ownership of Kroenke Sports Entertainment who decided to sign up in the first instance as part of the Arsenal board.
As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League,” a statement from the board read on the club’s website. “We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.
We know it will take time to restore your faith in what we are trying to achieve here at Arsenal but let us be clear that the decision to be part of the Super League was driven by our desire to protect Arsenal, the club you love, and to support the game you love through greater solidarity and financial stability.
Following this statement, the club director, now co-chairman Josh Kroenke, was questioned by supporters in a fans’ forum alongside the CEO Vinai Venkatesham. Within these exchanges with different members of supporter groups, Kroenke did make a number of promises, however stopped short of committing to never join a future iteration of the Super League.

When asked if he could give assurances that the situation would never happen again, he replied: “As that proposal was constructed, yes.” This of course does open the door to Arsenal again joining up with another potential concept if it met the expectations of the club’s owners.
A promise that Josh Kroenke made was regarding the location in which home matches are played. We have in recent years seen the Spanish Super Cup played away from the country and there have been suggestions the Premier League could host competitive games on foreign soil.

When asked if he could promise that Arsenal would never play a home fixture away from London while he and KSE own the club he replied: “I can guarantee that.”
When asked what was missing from the process that led to Arsenal agreeing to join the first iteration of the Super League in the first place, Kroenke again reiterated a need to avoid joining anything of the same nature. Interestingly, he also committed to the consultation of supporter groups were a Super League proposal to re-emerge.
The answer to your first question is obviously we misjudged a lot of things,” he said. “We rushed into a decision because of time constraints.

“I think the first thing we would do differently is to consult a lot more people with regard to certain confidentiality aspects, including supporter groups. We know how everyone feels about the proposal as it was constructed, so if anything like that come across our desks in the future it wouldn’t be something that we’d entertain.”

A22 have now revealed their new format. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will respond to this new proposal which has already been rejected by the likes of Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich.

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